Frederica: On Men and Church

For those of you following the male church attendance crisis in the Evangelical circles, and wondering about the strange Orthodoxy phenomenon of mass male conversions here’s an article by the ever-engaging Frederica Matthewes-Green tackling some of the relevant questions. There’s plenty of “oomph” there, so your thoughts and responses are welcome. Here’s an excerpt:

The men who wrote me expressed hearty dislike for what they perceive as a soft Western Jesus. “American Christianity in the last two hundred years has been feminized. It presents Jesus as a friend, a lover, someone who ‘walks with me and talks with me.’ This is fine rapturous imagery for women who need a social life. Or it depicts Jesus whipped, dead on the cross. Neither is the type of Christ the typical male wants much to do with.”

During worship, “men don’t want to pray in the Western fashion with hands clasped, lips pressed together, and a facial expression of forced serenity.” “It’s guys holding hands with other guys and singing campfire songs.” “Lines about ‘reaching out for His embrace,’ ‘wanting to touch His face,’ while being ‘overwhelmed by the power of His love’-those are difficult songs for one man to sing to another Man.”

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